DigiTimes has revived speculation that Apple will release two new iPads this year, citing “industry sources in Taiwan” who claim we’ll see an iPad 3 complete with a Retina display in March, and a much improved iPad 4 with “killer applications” in October.
The third-generation device is set to deliver that much-anticipated Retina display we’ve all been waiting for, with a new QXGA display with a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. The device will also offer better battery life, but its other internals “may not be so amazing as expected,” the report claims. Apple will apparently use the iPad 3’s launch to drop the price of the iPad 2 to $399.
Just seven months after the launch of the iPad 3, we will reportedly see a fourth-generation device named the iPad 4. This device will reportedly bring “much upgraded hardware specifications,” and “integrated applications” that will allow it to compete with rival devices:
The 9.7-inch iPad 4 is expected to come with much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter, said the sources.
DigiTimes‘ claims have been debatable in recent weeks, but again, this isn’t the first time that reports have suggested we’ll see Apple launch two new iPads during 2012.